CHARLESTON, S.C. - One week after opening the season in Fort Myers, Fla., the Ole Miss softball team will head east once again for a five-game tournament in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston Classic.
In addition to facing tournament-host College of Charleston (Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CT), the Rebels (2-3) will also compete against DePaul (Saturday at 10:00 a.m. CT), Fordham (Friday at 8:00 a.m. CT), Kansas (Friday at 12:30 p.m. CT), and Western Carolina (Saturday at 5:00 p.m. CT).
"We didn't come away with the amount of wins we wanted last week and we left a lot of runners on base, but across the board we did play well," Ole Miss head coach Windy Thees said. "As a staff, we had probably the best pitching weekend we've had since I've been here. The errors were more of an anomaly than anything. We're focusing this week on not rushing, and letting things happen. I like what I saw on offense, I like what I saw on defense for the most part, and on the mound. The only thing I didn't like was that we didn't come away 5-0. We have learned from last weekend, and hopefully what we've applied and worked on in our practices this week will lead to a successful weekend in Charleston."
Ole Miss was led last week by senior outfielder RT Cantillo, who hit .563 (9-16), with three runs, two RBI and four walks. Cantillo, who hails from Santa Ana, Calif., has recorded multiple hits in each of the past four games. As a team, Ole Miss is hitting .309, and has six players hitting over .300, including sophomore shortstop Haley Culley, who is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
In the circle, senior Shelby Jo Fenter (1-0) posted a 0.84 ERA in 8.1 innings of work, and struck out a team-high 11 batters. Freshman pitcher Emily Gaitan threw 7.2 innings in Fort Myers, striking out eight and posting a 0.91 ERA.
College of Charleston (0-2) enters the weekend coming off a pair of losses on the road at Coastal Carolina.
DePaul (3-2) opened the year with a win over Maryland before splitting with both Jacksonville and Florida International.
Fordham (2-1), the Rebels' first opponent of the tournament, started 2-0 with wins over LIU Brooklyn and Chattanooga, but lost to UCF on Sunday.
Kansas (1-2), which posted the top batting average (.345) in the country last season, is 1-2 on the year. Kansas sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler (1-1) is off to a great start for the Jayhawks, striking out 22 batters in 13 innings of work with an unblemished 0.00 ERA.
Western Carolina (0-0) will be opening its season this weekend.
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Dec. 15-21, 2014 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss overcame a 17-point deficit to knock off Coastal Carolina 71-68 Thursday night. - Senior LaDarius White scored a career-high 26 points including a career-best 6 3-pointers... read more
The students were off for the first week of winter break, but Observations from the Best Seat in the House presses on, as the football team moves closer to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the men's and women's basketball teams... read more
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more
In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more
Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more
Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more